Pirates by Charles Johnson
Look inside with Google Book Preview
Pirates
By Charles Johnson

Pirates

A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious Pirates

By (author) See other recent books by Charles Johnson
Format: Paperback

Normal Price: $23.50
Your Price: $21.15 AUD, inc. GST
Shipping: $7.95 per order
You Save: $2.35! (10% off normal price)
Plus...earn $1.06 in Boomerang Bucks
Availability: Available Available, ships in 10-12 days



Pirates by Charles Johnson

Book Description

A facsimile edition of a classic source for the history of piracy, as used by Robert Louis Stevenson in the writing of Treasure Island. Captain Charles Johnson's General History of Pirates was one of the best-selling books of 1724, when it was first published. It provides a sweeping account of what has come to be called the Golden Age of Piracy. It went through four editions in two years, and without doubt owed a substantial part of its success to a dramatic writing style that vividly captures the realities of pirates' savage existence. The book contains documentary evidence of events during the lives of its subjects. In the 270 years since its original publication, Johnson's work has come to be regarded as the classic study of one of the most popular subjects in maritime history.

Buy Pirates book by Charles Johnson from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.


Book Details

ISBN: 9780851779195
ISBN-10: 0851779190
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 26mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: Conway Maritime Press Ltd
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 15-Jul-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Other Editions...


Books By Author Charles Johnson


Reviews

UK Kirkus Review » The first edition of Captain Johnson's book about pirates appeared in 1724. Its success then reflected the avid interest of the time in the violent exploits of men - and women - who caused terror and disruption on the high seas, and it also inspired later stories about pirates, including Treasure Island and Peter Pan. As well as a mention in his introduction of earlier pirates like the notorious Barbarossa, Johnson gives a detailed account of the lives of some 20 pirates, including the better-known Blackbeard and Captain Kidd, and, where they can be corroborated, his facts mainly seem to be true. This leads to perhaps the most intriguing question: the one of Captain Johnson's identity. Where did he get all his information? Did he attend pirates' trials? Was he a pirate too? He seems to have knowledge only a seaman or insider would have about the details of pirate activities - their backgrounds, raids, rape and pillage, in-fighting between crews and corruption on land, much fascinating information about the areas where acts of piracy were committed, such as the West Indies, West Africa, Madagascar and Brazil and, not least, the inevitably violent ends met by most pirates. Johnson's book was written towards the end of the main period of piratical lawlessness: these men's lives, on the whole, were nasty, brutish and short and they had little opportunity to enjoy any successes. In spite of the interesting insight into the period and information which destroys any lingering thoughts of the pirate as romantic hero, there is an inescapable repetitiveness about their lives which can become tedious. Still, this is a remarkable work, and anyone interested in 18th-century writing or the piratical tradition is bound to enjoy it. Also included are contemporary woodblocks, extracts from letters and trial accounts, and a glossary and footnotes. (Kirkus UK)


» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Pirates book by Charles Johnson and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a member - it's free to sign up!)

Write a book review


Boomerang Bucks close

For every $20 you spend on books, you will receive $1 in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars. You can use your Boomerang Bucks as a credit towards a future purchase from Boomerang Books. Note that you must be a Member (free to sign up) and that conditions do apply.

Recent books by Charles Johnson close
Way of the Writer by Charles Johnson
Way of the Writer by Charles Johnson
Middle Passage by Charles Johnson
Words & Wisdom of Charles Johnson by Charles Johnson
Taming the Ox by Charles Johnson
General History of the Pirates by Charles Johnson
James Baldwin in Turkey by Charles Johnson
MLK by Charles Johnson
Photographs of Gordon Parks by Charles Johnson
Philosophy by Charles Johnson
Mine Eyes Have Seen by Charles Johnson
Turning the Wheel by Charles Johnson
Living Off the Land in Space by Charles Johnson
Oxherding Tale by Charles Johnson
Soulcatcher and Other Stories by Charles Johnson
Soulcatcher and Other Stories by Charles Johnson
Africans in America by Charles Johnson
Juneteenth by Charles Johnson
Middle Passage by Charles Johnson
Hugh the Chanter by Charles Johnson
»
BoomerangBooks.com.au close